Three things have conspired to make me the artist I am today:
1) The joy of creation.
2) Clients with deadlines.
3) The threat of starvation.
There is nothing in the world that teaches you
how to draw like being a freelance illustrator.
I’ve done it for nearly 50 years.
Here’s how the business works:
(Old fashioned phone ring)
“Hello, this is Dan.”
“Uh wha-wa wah WAHwuh, uh wuhhh ?”
(That’s an ad agency asking me if I can
illustrate a particular THING
in a particular MEDIUM
and a specific STYLE —
often one that I’ve never tried before.)
“Sure, I can do that.”
(The answer was always “Yes!” )
“How much? No problem!
By tomorrow? You bet!
Up most of the night. New technique mastered, job delivered.
Although most of what I do these days goes under the heading of
“fine art” , I still do some illustration from time to time.
Here is some of the work I have done over the years in various categories —
Pen & Ink
Pen & Ink Cartoons
CF Payne-Style &
Mixed Media Illus.
Theater & Studio
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